在Cayman的教育和机会:我们学到了10件事

Richard Tyson, who was featured in our story of the Class of 2008, believes more assistance for scholarship students when they return to Cayman would be beneficial. - Photo: Alvaro Serey

在上个月,我们的问题部分已审查education and opportunity in Caymanfrom the perspective of those it impacts most – the students themselves. We profiled three generations about their journeys through the education system.

首先,我们看着这一的经历和焦虑2020年的班级,在流行病中毕业于改变的世界和贫瘠的岛屿经济。

第二部分,我们调查了struggles of economically disadvantaged families而且确保所有儿童的挑战都准备好在十年结束时毕业时的Cayman的知识经济。

在第三部分,上周为准,我们阐述了2008年John Grey高中毕业课, to take a look at the strengths and weaknesses of the system from the perspective of those who have come through it.

We also talked to non-profits, schools inspectors, and community advocates to get their input on what works and what doesn’t.

今天,我们回顾了出于本系列的一些关键结论和想法。

经济劣势等于学术劣势

在大流行期间研究的学生必须导航一系列独特的挑战。

在大流行期间,父母无法承受的孩​​子们无法承受的人受到WiFi或笔记本电脑。

但是数字划分只是社会中如何影响儿童在学校的机会的一小部分。

We spoke to families who had struggled with safe housing, and with keeping the lights on and the water running. In the midst of such chaotic circumstances, making education a priority is a challenge.

Programmes like ARK’s ‘Mentor Educate Reinforce’ initiative – which provides sponsor-funded intensive tutoring for children in need – are starting to make a difference.
但慈善机构警告说,目前只能支持需要这种帮助的儿童的一小部分。

阅读钥匙改善儿童机会

在2020年的学生毕业的一半人毕业于公共高中,而不会使在C级或以上的数学和英语中通过五个科目的“国民预期标准”。

Cayman 2.0.: Education and Opportunity

过去五年的结果一直存在相同的结果。虽然通常是那些突出这些统计数据的最大批评的高中,但问题早些时候就开始了。

最新的教育数据报告显示,10名学生中有四所学生离开小学而不达到数学或英语所需的水平。第三个在所需的级别无法读取,以访问高中课程。

在这一领域取得了进展,致力于支持公立学校的斗争学生。

但是,2019年教育办公室报告发现,尽管“慷慨的人员配置水平”,这些干预措施的质量明显不同,面临组织挑战。

It is clear that students who can’t read or write at age-group level are not going to excel in science or geography, and it appears that more intense focus is needed on the basics of reading, writing and mathematics for younger age groups.

需要协作方法

教育中的许多问题都会回到学生的家里。

Chief schools inspector Peter Carpenter highlights the involvement of parents in supporting their children’s education as central to student success.

但是,正如我们报告的那样,许多孩子缺乏这种支持. Issues range from parents addicted to drugs or in prison at the extreme end, to those who are simply too busy or lack the skills themselves to help their children learn to read and write. Michael Myles, a former at-risk youth worker for the Ministry of Education, advocates for a more collaborative approach.

他说,非营利,教育工作者,需求评估单位,社会工作者和警察需要更加紧密地工作,以统称为他们支持的家庭的多种需求。

教育必须满足经济的需求

在我们的2008年班feature,通过一个队列的成功和斗争来看待系统,其中几个people we profiled在他们研究过的地区寻找工作。

如果你对银行或会计不感兴趣,那么一些前学生告诉我们,很难知道要追求什么。有些人遵循他们的激情,只要在毕业后找到他们所选地区的岛上有限的就业机会。

In an earlier Cayman 2.0 feature onworkforce development商会CEO CEO WIL PINEAU推荐了一年一度的劳动预测,这预测了工作增长,并突出了将有机会的领域。他说,该数据可用于制定教育计划,决定工作允许的政策和直接奖学金。

Greater emphasis on trades needed

对交易中更多培训的需求是我们系列中的一个共同主题。

虽然的范围职业培训在过去十年中,开曼高中的报价,这一决议在毕业生的交易中导致有意义的职业。

2008年的几级突出显示这是系统的弱点。

Myles points out that the majority of work permits granted in Cayman are for blue-collar jobs that do not require a degree. He says there must be clear career pathways for those who don’t excel academically and argues that students should have the option to study for an accredited entry-level trade certification while they are in school.

他还推动了更多奖学金,以获得更高级别的贸易培训。

“Not everyone is going to be an accountant, but we should be able to ensure everyone graduates with a qualification that can get them a decent career,” he told the Compass.

In an earlier interview,格伦卡·米科加特,Dart集团的思想激发了主动,提出了类似的担忧。

“Existing [Technical and Vocational Education and Training] is extremely limited and offering of it is not consistent. The content and delivery rarely takes into account the needs of the employer,” she said.

奖学金支持是次数

政府在未来两年内预算每年1000万美元,以帮助为Caymanian学生提供高等教育。

That is in addition to the significant sums the private sector puts into scholarships.

从我们的采访中很清楚2008年班that many of those who attended university overseas could not have done so without that financial support.

世界上有很少的社会为高中教育提供了这种广泛的经济援助。

“我认为很多其他国家都不在这个层面提供奖学金,而且它是超级有利的,”音乐家和缓刑官詹姆斯·齿轮告诉了罗盘.

Cayman 2.0.: Education and Opportunity

机会可以限制毕业生

回到开曼的机会是大学毕业生的关键问题之一。

许多人表示,他们被迫在他们没有学过的田地里担任工作,尽管获得高级别资格,但仍在职业生涯中努力做出有意义的进步。

Richard Tyson, who features in our2008年班story如果他们回到开曼的奖学金毕业生的支持将是有益的。他说,他和他的许多同龄人都在努力找到与他们的资格相匹配的有意义的工作。因此,许多人已经变得沮丧并离开了岛屿。

He acknowledged thatWorkforce Opportunities and Residency Cayman现在正在采取一些措施来帮助今天的毕业生,并为奖学金计划中的人提出更全面的职业规划将使学生和国家能够使最多的投资成为他们的培训。

Employment concerns for pandemic graduates

生成学生在Covid-19时代毕业面临着一系列挑战。

来自美国的数据表明,所有调查的学生中的一半报告了大流行期间的学习时间和学术表现减少。大约60%遭受了家庭收入的损失,并彻底从学校退出了一个。

Cayman’s overseas students have swapped normal university life for a return to the island and online classes in their childhood bedrooms.

Others are still studying abroad, navigating the ever-changing environment of campus life in areas where the virus is rife. Closer to home, multiple high-school graduates had to cancel plans to study in the UK or the US and are taking involuntary gap years.

虽然我们探讨的许多学生表示,Covid面临的困难是激励他们更加努力地工作并迎接改变景观的挑战,破坏 - 他们的学术职业和世界将毕业 - 是一般的原因关心。

Covid时代学生的心理健康挑战

许多学生已经看到他们的自由减少,他们的学术计划被剥夺了。结合大流行的一般焦虑和2020年的学校生活中的超现实气氛,这是一个食谱心理健康问题.

18岁的学生Cristin Jackson与青年大使旨在提高年轻人心理健康问题的认识,突出了大流行期间担忧的增加。

她说,许多青少年由于大流行而涉及额外压力,从家庭成员失去就业机会的压力来避免对考试及其期货的额外焦虑。对于一些人来说,被限制在他们的家中加剧了潜在的心理健康问题。

高管比尔LaMonte老师的Cayman International School who helps organise the Protect Our Future youth group, said the young people he sees today are more engaged with the world and its existential challenges – from fires, coral bleaching and climate change to the pandemic – than previous generations.

“我很关心学生的心理健康,”他告诉了罗盘.

“解决方案 - 我相信我们需要更公开地说出我们所有人的感受,并开始正常化心理健康的谈话。”

Cayman’s got talent

在这个系列的过程中,我们谈到了三代学生和前学生。尽管他们面临的挑战,但可以对系统进行改进,但也很清楚,Cayman正在做很多事情,并且有很多人才和成功才能庆祝。

There was 8-year-old Miska Myles,在非营利组织资助的辅导后,在过去一年中提出了两级的两级水平。

有17岁的人Lé Bron McLeanfilming solo dance audition tapes in his house during lockdown and winning a place to study at a prestigious performing arts school in Jamaica.

有一个莫妮卡Boothe,这是一个在20岁之前看到她的合作伙伴谋杀的青少年妈妈,并且已经成为一名企业主人和父母到荣誉劳动学生。

有许多勇敢的毕业生2020年的班级, navigating unprecedented challenges, determined to be part of the solution to the world’s problems.

While we highlighted flaws in the system and sought solutions, we also found stories of determination and success that deserve to be saluted.

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